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Gaming Performance Comparison

Recommended System Requirements
Game Ryzen 3 3200G Core i5-9500 6-Core 3.0GHz
Cyberpunk 2077 0% 40%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 35% 19%
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War 31% 21%
Mafia: Definitive Edition 7% 35%
eFootball PES 2021 7% 35%
Genshin Impact 24% 54%
FIFA 21 6% 43%
Death Stranding 22% 26%
Watch Dogs Legion 35% 19%
Microsoft Flight Simulator 13% 32%

In terms of overall gaming performance, the Intel Core i5-9500 6-Core 3.0GHz is massively better than the AMD Ryzen 3 3200G when it comes to running the latest games. This also means it will be less likely to bottleneck more powerful GPUs, allowing them to achieve more of their gaming performance potential.

The Ryzen 3 3200G was released less than a year after the Core i5-9500 6-Core, and so they are likely to have similar levels of support, and similarly optimized performance when running the latest games.

Both CPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings (assuming they are accompanied by equivalently powerful GPUs).

The Core i5-9500 6-Core has 2 more cores than the Ryzen 3 3200G. 6 cores is probably excessive if you mean to just run the latest games, as games are not yet able to harness this many cores. The cores in the Ryzen 3 3200G is more than enough for gaming purposes.

The Core i5-9500 6-Core has 2 more threads than the Ryzen 3 3200G. Both CPUs have one thread per physical core.

Multiple threads are useful for improving the performance of multi-threaded applications. Additional cores and their accompanying thread will always be beneficial for multi-threaded applications. Hyperthreading will be beneficial for applications optimized for it, but it may slow others down. For games, the number of threads is largely irrelevant, as long as you have at least 2 cores (preferably 4), and hyperthreading can sometimes even hit performance.

More important for gaming than the number of cores and threads is the clock rate. Problematically, unless the two CPUs are from the same family, this can only serve as a general guide and nothing like an exact comparison, because the clock cycles per instruction (CPI) will vary so much.

The Ryzen 3 3200G and Core i5-9500 6-Core are not from the same family of CPUs, so their clock speeds are by no means directly comparable. Bear in mind, then, that while the Ryzen 3 3200G has a 0.6 GHz faster frequency, this is not always an indicator that it will be superior in performance, despite frequency being crucial when trying to avoid GPU bottlenecking. In this case, however, the difference is enough that it possibly indicates the superiority of the Core i5-9500 6-Core.

Aside from the clock rate, the next-most important CPU features for PC game performance are L2 and L3 cache size. Faster than RAM, the more cache available, the more data that can be stored for lightning-fast retrieval. L1 Cache is not usually an issue anymore for gaming, with most high-end CPUs eking out about the same L1 performance, and L2 is more important than L3 - but L3 is still important if you want to reach the highest levels of performance. Bear in mind that although it is better to have a larger cache, the larger it is, the higher the latency, so a balance has to be struck.

The Ryzen 3 3200G has a 512 KB bigger L2 cache than the Core i5-9500 6-Core, but on the other hand, it is the Core i5-9500 6-Core that has a 1 MB bigger L3 cache than the Ryzen 3 3200G. In this case, the L2 size is probably what counts, so the Ryzen 3 3200G is likely superior in this area.

The maximum Thermal Design Power is the power in Watts that the CPU will consume in the worst case scenario. The lithography is the semiconductor manufacturing technology being used to create the CPU - the smaller this is, the more transistors that can be fit into the CPU, and the closer the connections. For both the lithography and the TDP, it is the lower the better, because a lower number means a lower amount of power is necessary to run the CPU, and consequently a lower amount of heat is produced.

Both the Ryzen 3 3200G and the Core i5-9500 6-Core have the same TDP of 65 Watts, and were created with the same manufacturing size of 14 nm, which means they will affect your yearly electricity bill about equally.

The Ryzen 3 3200G and the Core i5-9500 6-Core both have an on-board GPU, which means that they will be capable of running basic graphics applications (i.e., games) without the need for a dedicated graphics card.

For an in-depth GPU comparison, click on the GPU comparison icon that you can find throughout Game-Debate:

On-board GPUs tend to be fairly awful in comparison to dedicated cards from the likes of AMD or Nvidia, but as they are built into the CPU, they also tend to be cheaper and require far less power to run (this makes them a good choice for laptops). We would recommend a dedicated card for running the latest games, but integrated GPUs are improving all the time and casual gamers may find less recent games perform perfectly acceptably.

CPU Core Details

CPU Codename-Coffee Lake R
MoBo SocketSocket AM4LGA 1151
Notebook CPUnono
Release Date07 Jul 201923 Apr 2019
CPU LinkGD LinkGD Link
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CPU Technical Specifications

CPU Cores4vs6
CPU Threads4vs6
Clock Speed3.6 GHzvs3 GHz
Turbo Frequency4 GHzvs4.4 GHz
Max TDP65 Wvs65 W
Lithography14 nmvs14 nm
Bit Width64 Bitvs64 Bit
Max Temperature95°Cvs-
Virtualization Technologynovsno
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CPU Cache and Memory

L1 Cache Size256 KBvs384 KB
L2 Cache Size2048 KBvs1536 KB
L3 Cache Size8 MBvs9 MB
Max Memory Size-vs128 GB
Memory Channels-vs2
ECC Memory Supportnovsno
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CPU Graphics

GraphicsRadeon RX Vega 8Intel UHD Graphics 630
Base GPU Frequency931 MHzvs350 MHz
Max GPU Frequency1011 MHzvs1150 MHz
DirectX12vs12
Displays Supported-vs-
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CPU Package and Version Specifications

Package Size-vs37.5mm x 37.5mm
Revision-vs-
PCIe Revision-vs-
PCIe Configurations-vs-

Gaming Performance Value

Performance Value

CPU Mini Review

Mini ReviewThe Ryzen 3 3200G is a low-end CPU based on AMD's 14nm Zen microarchitecture. It offers 4 physical cores (4 logical), initially clocked at 3.7GHz, which may go up to 4.0GHz using Turbo Boost. It has an unlocked multiplier, therefore, it can be overclocked using traditional methods. It has 6MB of L3 Cache. Level 3 cache is a static memory bank of a processor and it is used to feed it instructions. This processor also supports DDR4 based RAMs with maximum memory support of 64GB. It has a maximum Thermal Power Design of 65W. It is on par with competitor processors. Among its many features, Simultaneous Multithreading, Cool n Quiet, CoolCore Technology, Extended Frequency Range (XFX), Pure Power and Precision Boost are enabled. It features an integrated AMD Radeon Vega GPU with 8 Compute Units that offers low-end graphical performance. This CPU is likely to offer decent computational performance and should be able to run AAA games in 2019 without a problem.The Core i5-9500 6-Core 3.0GHz is a mid-range CPU based on a refinement of the 14nm++ Coffee Lake microarchitecture. It is identical to the Core i5-9500F except it features integrated graphics. It offers 6 physical cores (6 logical), initially clocked at 3.0GHz, which may go up to 4.4GHz using 6 cores with Turbo Boost. The i5-9500 has 9MB of L3 Cache. This chip supports up to 128GB DDR-2666 MHz memory and features Intel UHD 630 integrated graphics. Among its many features, Turbo Boost 2.0, Optane Memory Support, and Virtualization are activated, and its multiplier is not unlocked. This Core i5-9500 CPU offers above average gaming performance and should not be the bottleneck in any modern gaming PC in 2019. It will be able to play all modern games at 60fps comfortably on ultra graphics performance at any supported resolution without being a hindrance to the accompanying GPU. However, performance may become bottlenecked if playing at 144Hz.